So, it’s been a year since I received my A level Results, oh how time has flown by. I wish all the students who have and still need to get there results the best of luck. I hope you get what you needed and if you didn’t don’t let it put you down, the grades don’t deify who you are, you do!
I remember my Results Day like it happened yesterday. Unlike most people who were with their family or with their class mates I was at Newday. Put simply, Newday is Christian camping for anyone between the age of 12-18. On my Results Day I was extremely nervous. I wasn’t surrounded by my friends who were also getting their results or my family but was 82 miles away from home. Luckily Newday accommodated for us students and organised a room with computers so we could check on UCAS to see if we had got into the university that we wanted. I remember trying to log onto one computer but knowing my luck the computer didn’t turn on. I was then sent to another computer and this time someone else was on that computer. Finally I switched on the third computer (third time lucky) and waited for what felt like an eternity. Pulling out my phone from my pocket and getting my UCAS details from my phone seemed to go in slow motion. I entered my details in and I don’t think I have ever waited so long for a page to load, the next screen would decide what I was doing with my life and quite frankly it was a scary feeling. Finally the screen logged and it was fantastic news. My place at my firm choice of the University of Lincoln to study Advertising and Marketing had been confirmed! I was overwhelmed, happy and excited, a new chapter in my life was about to begin and all my hard work and revision paid off. What else could someone else want, Their Actual Results!
Trying to get my results was more stressful than anyone could imagine, not being at home I had to sweetly as my mum to drive to my sixth form, which was about 30 minutes away from our house. Seeing as the school had my mum registered as my mother and she had a text from me asking her to get them from me, you’d think that everything would run smoothly and easily but that was not the case. My mum arrived to get my results and was told she couldn’t get them because we had different surnames, the examinations lady checked the system after a telling from my mum and realised that my mum was actually my mum. However my mum was still unable to get my results as she hadn’t got permission to get them, open them and sign them, even though she had a text from me. My mother called me and I spoke to the examinations officer to get this sorted, finally she allowed my mum to get them. My mum, being dramatic as she is, read them in slow motion stating I got B’s across the board and that I’ve done really well and was congratulating, but all I was thinking about was “How does that work out?” I studied Media Production course is all coursework and the teacher told me I got and A so in my head that’s what I expected however I forgot that external examiners still need to mark our work and unfortunately they put everyone’s mark down a grade. In Business Studies I was hoping for an A too as I had been getting them in the practice exams we were doing in class. However knowing that I don’t work well in exam conditions I knew a B on an A was on the table, so I wasn’t too upset and being 3 marks off an A is basically an A…right? Lastly I got a B in Film Studies which is the grade I was aiming too, the shock came when the head of the Media department, Mr Cadigan, e-mailed me to let me know that I came top of the class in the written exam, which is still a big shock today as there were extremely smart people in the class.
What I’m trying to say is that that day will remain with me for a long period of time. I didn’t get the grades I wanted however I got the grades to the best of my ability. I worked my hardest in every piece of coursework and revised thoroughly for my exams, I put my all into it and I know that I gave it my best shot. No matter what you do try your best, whether your results are what you wanted or not, when you’ve tried your hardest there is nothing else anyone else can ask from you.
Until next time,